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choux | 18:22 Sun 17th Oct 2021 | Media & TV
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It has annoyed for many years how The BBC will warn ahead of various news items that the next report contains flashing images but cannot do the same for Strictly Come Dancing. I spend more and more time looking away from the screen these days to avoid the chronic lighting in SCD. I reckon someone, somewhere has probably had an epileptic episode from watching the programme.

Given that and Tess Daly I think I will probably pull the plug on the whole debacle.

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I stopped watching it 2-3 years ago for exactly that reason Choux. Looks as if it was the right decision as it sounds as if it's got worse.
18:58 Sun 17th Oct 2021
You can complain to the BBC here, https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/complaints and if you're unhappy with the response still, you can complain to Ofcom here, https://ofcomforms.secure.force.com/formentry/SitesFormBBCIntroductory?complaintType=SitesFormBBCStandardsComplaints
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TCL, I already have a complaint to make about an advert that really gets my blood boiling. I started to report to the correct people but I have to be able to quote a time, date and programme details. The darn thing hasn't been on any channel I have been watching since but I have pen and pad ready :)
Which advert is it?
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Cloverjo, I thought tonight's show from the off was OTT on the lighting and, IMO, it is as disturbing as multi flashlights going off.
I guess some here are not as affected as am I.
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TCL, sorry, I wasn't ignoring your post but have only just seen it. The advert will have to wait for another post, in the right category ;)
What I find very distracting is when football is on and the advertising hoardings around the pitch flash on and off as the message goes round - it makes my eyes go funny and I find it hard to watch a game for long. I am sure this must affect some people.
Ofcom Broadcasting Code, Rule 2.12:
"Television broadcasters must take precautions to maintain a low level of risk to viewers who have photosensitive epilepsy. Where it is not reasonably practicable to follow the Ofcom guidance (see the Ofcom website), and where broadcasters can demonstrate that the broadcasting of flashing lights and/or patterns is editorially justified, viewers should be given an adequate verbal and also, if appropriate, text warning at the start of the programme or programme item".
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0027/19287/bcode09.pdf

Things can get might technical though when the actual guidance is examined. See Annex 1 (p.18, et seq) here:
https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/104657/Section-2-Guidance-Notes.pdf
I suspect though that the edition of SCD might well have passed the Harding test, meaning that it was automatically cleared for transmission:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harding_test
Thanks for BA Choux. It was the noise as well, the audiences' screaming and shouting got louder. I watched it for the dancing, but if I turned the sound off I still got the flashing so I couldn't win.

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